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How To Dress For Court

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Have you set a court date for your pending lawsuit, and now are completely confused over what to wear? Well you’ve come to the right place.

Dressing for court can be tricky. You want to make a good impression, but if the issue at hand is one of financial difficulty, you also don’t want to have the appearance of having spent a small fortune on your outfit.

Here are a few hints for putting your best foot forward at your court date:

Think “Job Interview”

  1. In a few words, dress in a Professional and Respectful manner, and don’t stand out on the basis of your clothes.
  2. For men, this typically is the look of a pair of black or gray dress pants (not jeans!), and a button-down shirt in a solid color (jacket & tie optional). You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard (full formal suit) or that you just rolled out of bed and couldn’t be bothered. For ideas, see styles at Brooks Brothers or Banana Republic.
  3. For women, this could include a knee-length skirt or tailored pants (no jeans!) in black, gray or navy blue, and a button-down shirt, blouse, or knit top (jacket optional). For ideas, see styles at Ann Taylor or Banana Republic.

Lean to the Right (Conservative)

  1. No flashy colors here, and nothing too tight, low-cut, or revealing for you ladies.
  2. Your goal in choosing an outfit for court is to blend in with a business/conservative crowd. Unlike what we’ve seen recently from Lindsay Lohan this is definitely not the time to stand out for your choice of clothing.

Beware Those Accessories

  1. Along the same lines as above, you don’t want your accessories to detract from the proceedings of your case. Distracting jewelry such as large belt buckles, jingling bracelets, and huge dangling earrings will only make you look like you care more about your flashy jewelry than the matter at hand. Keep jewelry and makeup minimal – conservative and professional.
  2. And even if your expensive bag, watch, jewelry or shoes were a gift from your grandmother, now is not the time to bring them out. When you’re involved in proceedings due to financial difficulty, you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a thousand dollars worth of accessories, even if you didn’t purchase them yourself.

The key to dressing for court is to solidify the understanding that you are a reliable, professional, respectful, and honest person, and that your arguments should be taken seriously. By making poor choices in your wardrobe, you run the risk of having the court perceive you as someone who doesn’t have those qualities.

Involved in a Lawsuit? 5 Ways to Keep your Sanity.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

If you are involved in a lawsuit, or are currently weighing your options, there are a few things you should keep in mind during the process to help it move smoothly, and keep your stress levels at bay. The legal process can be overwhelming, especially if you have medical bills piling up or are unable to work. These tips will help you keep your sanity and get through the process smoothly.

1.Do Your Homework.

1.The quality of your Attorney’s service, their compatibility with you, and their understanding of your case can all have a significant effect on your outcome.

2.Once you’ve created an initial list, be sure to speak with those you would like to work with directly. You’ll want to make sure you have a good rapport, and they are able to provide the time and resources you may need.

2.Don’t Take It Personally.

1.Lawsuits can be extremely stressful, especially when they involve someone you’re close to, or the company you still work for. Try to keep in mind that this process is business, not personal, and avoid taking offense to the people on the other side. Everyone has their own understanding of a situation, and your case shouldn’t have to lead to a soured relationship.

3.Accept Advice.

1.Before writing a letter, sending an angry email, or making a decisive phone call, be sure to consult with your Attorney first. They understand the implications of these actions, and will be able to advise you on the appropriate response (or lack thereof).

4.Maintain a Professional Image.

1.Although you may be out of work due to your situation, or may be overwhelmed with errands related to your case, it is important to always maintain a clean, professional image in meetings with your legal team and court appearances. Showing up early, turning off the cell phone, and dressing appropriately will all help you to maintain your credibility during this difficult time.

5.Leave it in the Courtroom (or Office).

1.The last thing you want to do is let your lawsuit cause detriment to your relationships with family and friends. Everyone has an opinion, and conversations can get heated quickly. Children may worry about the family’s situation, and relationships can become strained. So above all else, wherever possible, try not to discuss your case at home, or with family and friends.